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31-07-03, 02:44
Bush Sees New Al Qaeda Threat, Democrats Critical

By Randall Mikkelsen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush (news - web sites) on Wednesday vowed to thwart what he said was a "real threat" of new al Qaeda attacks, as Democrats accused the administration of shortchanging security budgets.


"The threat is a real threat. ... We don't know when, where, what," Bush told a news conference when asked about new government warnings of possible al Qaeda attempts to hijack commercial airliners.

"We have got some data that indicates that they would like to use flights, international flights for example," he said. "I'm confident we will thwart the attempts."

Bush's vow of confidence came despite planned cuts in airport screeners and a request to shift $104 million out of the budget for the federal air marshal program, which puts armed plainclothes agents on flights.

Democrats accused Republicans of shortchanging homeland security budgets, and a key Republican said he would not permit the spending shift.

"The majority party is underspending for homeland security," said Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer (news, bio, voting record) of California. "You can't protect the country on the cheap."

In an action disclosed on Tuesday, the Homeland Security Department last week warned the airline industry that al Qaeda was planning new suicide hijackings and bombings in the United States or abroad.

The United States blames Osama bin Laden (news - web sites)'s al Qaeda network for the Sept. 11, 2001, hijacked plane attacks on the United States.

The Homeland Security Department last week asked a House of Representatives appropriations subcommittee to let it shift $104 million from the budget for air marshals.

Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Wednesday there were no plans to reduce the number or air marshals or the missions they fly. The request to shift spending applied only to surplus funds, department spokeswoman Rachael Sunbarger said.

But the subcommittee chairman Rep. Harold Rogers (news, bio, voting record), a Kentucky Republican, issued a statement rejecting the request.

"Given new warnings ... it is foolish to even consider cutting back the number of air marshals on commercial flights," Rogers said. "I am adamantly opposed to any attempt to shift money away from the core missions of this vital program and will deny any request to do so," he said.

In another cutback, the Transportation Security Administration said in April it would trim 11 percent of its force of airport screeners to meet congressional demands to save money.

Bush said the United States was learning more about al Qaeda and its plans from captured operatives.

"We're dismantling the operating decision-makers," Bush said. "We've got better intelligence gathering, better intelligence sharing. And we're on the hunt. And we will stay on the hunt."

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31-07-03, 02:47
Ho hum. Yet another attempt at war and the total obliteration of half of the non-US world. James Bond baddies, eat yer hearts out. :(

31-07-03, 02:51
Good grief.

31-07-03, 02:54

31-07-03, 02:56
The sad part is, he thinks he is going to be relected...

31-07-03, 02:59
That is not only sad, but frightening

31-07-03, 05:06
There are those who will vote for him!

31-07-03, 06:43
Crazy people...

31-07-03, 17:17
None the less they do exsist.

Does the term "redneck" ring a bell?

31-07-03, 17:23
Originally posted by Annacia:
None the less they do exsist.

Does the term "redneck" ring a bell?http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif Very cheeky Annacia http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif

31-07-03, 20:04
I suppose anyone who drives the President of Russia around his ranch in a Ford pickup could be termed a redneck...